CUA picks Good Technology for BYOD approach

CUA picks Good Technology for BYOD approach

Summary: About 400 devices, a mix of Android, iOS, Windows, and OS X, will be covered by Good Technology's offering.

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Financial institution CUA has entered into an agreement with Good Technology to use its Good for Enterprise offering as the foundation for a secure bring-your-own-device (BYOD) rollout.

The company has about 400 devices that will be secured under Good's technology, and consists of a mix of company-owned and employee-owned devices. Of the devices, 70 percent run iOS, 15 percent use Android, and the remainder are a mixture of OS X and Windows.

The new approach to BYOD comes after CUA had been using BlackBerry devices and IBM software to provide its employees with added mobility. It is now discontinuing support for the devices, and IBM's offering as Good for Enterprise provides these functions, including secure browser access.

"Security credentials were absolutely key for us," CUA CIO David Gee said in a statement.

"As a retail financial institution, we need to have the trust of our 400,000 customers, and therefore cannot compromise on security at all. With Good, we have a very robust and secure platform for mobile collaboration, and, looking towards the future, mobile productivity applications."

The move towards a new BYOD approach is expected to complement the financial institution's efforts at its retail locations. In select branches, it has been installing iPads as a point of interaction with its customers. These are also secured using Good's offerings.

Details on the duration and value of the deal were not disclosed, but Good Technology recently announced a new monthly subscription model of $5 per user.

Topics: Consumerization, Mobility, Enterprise 2.0

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  • Managing BYOD

    BYOD will continue growing as mobile devices continue to play a greater role in our lives. That's why so many IT players are offering solutions to address such BYOD challenges as security and device management.

    Does BYOD come with headaches? Of course it does. However, security issues and IT management headaches (how do I support all those devices?) can be addressed by using new HTML5 technologies that enable users to connect to applications and systems without requiring IT staff to install anything on user devices. For example, Ericom AccessNow is an HTML5 RDP client that enables remote users to securely connect from iPads, iPhones and Android devices to any RDP host, including Terminal Server and VDI virtual desktops, and run their applications and desktops in a browser. This enhances security by keeping applications and data separate from personal devices.

    Since AccessNow doesn't require any software installation on the end user device – just an HTML5 browser, network connection, URL address and login details - IT staff end up with less support hassles. The volunteer or temporary employee that brings in their own device merely opens their HTML5-compatible browser and connects to the URL given them by the IT admin.

    Visit http://www.ericom.com/BYOD_Workplace.asp?URL_ID=708 for more info.

    Please note that I work for Ericom
    ATG4